Beacons Way Ultra 100 Mile


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Beacons Way Ultra 100 Mile
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Conquer this incredible ultra race spanning 100 miles across the Brecon Beacons National Park. Test your endurance with challenging ascents and self-navigational skills. Experience this unforgettable race and its amazing scenery and earn a well-deserved finisher's buckle.
100 mile
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Sat, 27 Jul 2024
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Abergavenny Museum, Castle St, Abergavenny NP7 5EE, UK
Start times
Saturday, 27 Jul 2024
100 mile:
6:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Beacons Way Ultra 100 Mile
100 mile
Route information
Distance: 103 miles
Terrain: Trail Elevation: +6143m (+20,100ft)
Traverse over 20,100ft (6,143m) of elevation as you embrace the great outdoors on this spectacular 100-mile race. Make sure to brush up on your self-navigational skills in the lead-up to this race as this course will test you. Take this course steady as there will be plenty of climbs throughout. You will race on trails of the amazing Beacons Way, featuring high points of Pen-y-Fan (the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons) and the truly spectacular Carmarthen Fans. There will be checkpoints throughout the race so make sure to stop, rest and refuel before heading back out.
Beginning at the ruined castle in the market town of Abergavenny, the first ascent of the route is Skirrid Fawr, on the easternmost edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Participants will then pass through the village of Llanvihangel Crucorney, heading up into the Black Mountains and onto the Hatterrall Ridge, which marks the border between Monmouthshire in Wales and Herefordshire in England.
The route then reaches Llanthony with its ancient monastery, before turning southwards towards Crug Mawr and the flat-topped Table Mountain. The next stop is the picturesque town of Crickhowell, where Checkpoint 3 is located, after which participants will continue north towards the village of Cwmdu. Passing Maesclythan Wood, the route heads into Bwlch for the next Checkpoint.
Participants will cross the River Usk and journey through Llangynidr, heading past the beautiful waters of the Talybont Reservoir. You will then tackle Craig y Fan Ddu, Craig Cwareli, Fan y Big and Pen y Fan, experiencing the stunning views as you reach their summits.
The route then crosses the A470 and heads towards the scenic woodlands of the Fforest Fawr. Participants will be treated to the sights of the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu Nature Reserve as they pass the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu cave and into the Penwyllt hamlet. The course then pushes on towards Craig-y-Nos Country Park and Castle, where it will turn northwards, following the River Tawe.
This brings you to the natural lake of Llyn y Fan Fawr and Picws Du, the second-highest peak of the Carmarthen Fans. Passing through the tiny community of Llanddeusant, the route will then begin to descend from the Black Mountains, before looping through the village of Bethlehem and finishing at Llangadog Village Hall.
Checkpoint locations:
  • CP1: 7 miles - The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny, NP7 8DH
  • CP2: 13 miles - Llanthony Treats Campsite, Honddu Cottage, Llanthony, NP7 7NN
  • CP3: 26 miles - Crickhowell Village Hall, 4 Church Lane, Crickhowell, NP8 1BB
  • CP4: 36 miles - Bwlch Village Hall, Bwlch, LD3 7HJ
  • CP5: 45 miles - Talybont. Blaen y Glyn Uchaf car park, Talybont-on-Usk, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UT/LD3 7YT
  • CP6: 53 miles - Storey Arms/Pont ar Daf car park, Brecon, LD3 8NL
  • CP7: 59 miles - Sarn Helen car park, Blaen Ilia, Ystradfellte, Aberdare, CF44 9JD/CF44 9JG
  • CP8: 65 miles - Penwyllt car park - South Wales Caving Club, A4067, Tase-Uchaf, SA9 1GQ
  • CP9: 79 miles - Neuadd Llanddeusant Village Hall, Llanddeusant, Llangadog, SA19 9YB
  • CP10: 87 miles - Mountain View, Mountain Road Car Park, A4069, Llangadog, SA19 9PA
  • Finish: 102 miles - Llangadog Community Centre, Dyrfal Road (A4069), Llangadog, SA19 9BW
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What's included
  • Finisher's Beacons Way 100 Mile Buckle
  • Prizes for top 3 male and female finishers
  • Stunning trails across the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Optional coach transfer (added fee)
  • 10 checkpoints across the trail
  • Bag drop transported to different checkpoints
  • Live Online GPS Tracking
  • Race Across Brecon Beacons
  • UTMB Qualifying Race
How to get there
Abergavenny Museum, Castle St, Abergavenny NP7 5EE, UK
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Coach Transfer
There is an optional coach transfer available for participants who wish to travel back to the start at the end of the race.
The organisers request that you should car share wherever possible to minimise the carbon footprint of the event.
There is a long stay car park available in Abergavenny for up to 6 days at an extra cost of Β£19.80. These car parks are at the following locations:
  • Castle Street Car Park (NP7 5EE)
  • Tudor Street Car Park (NP7 5YL)
  • Byefield Lane Car Park (Tudor Street NP7 5DL)
  • Fairfield Car Park (11 Park Avenue, NP7 5SG)
Event day logistics
17:30-21:00 Registration at Abergavenny Castle
04:15 Registration opens
05:45 Registration closes
06:00 Race starts
08:48 Checkpoint 1 cut-off time
11:12 Checkpoint 2 cut-off time
16:24 Checkpoint 3 cut-off time
20:24 Checkpoint 4 cut-off time
00:00 Checkpoint 5 cut-off time
02:44 Checkpoint 6 cut-off time
05:36 Checkpoint 7 cut-off time
09:12 Checkpoint 8 cut-off time
13:12 Checkpoint 9 cut-off time
16:48 Checkpoint 10 cut-off time
22:00 Finish cut-off time
22:00 Optional coach back to start line
Race packs must be collected from registration - these will include you race number and GB Race tracker.
Age Requirements
All entrants must be over 20 years of age or older to compete.
Eligibility Criteria
Please note that this race is by application only. This ensures each participant has the suitable experience to take on the race and helps maintain the safety of everyone involved. Once you have completed your booking, the GB Ultras team will reach out to confirm your qualifications for the event.
The qualifying criteria are listed below:
  • Must have completed at least one 50-mile ultramarathon distance event prior to the race
  • At least 20 years old at the time of the race
  • Must be in good health
  • Must be able to self-navigate using a map and compass
  • Must have mountain experience
Kit Checks
Failure to comply with the following in the kit check will result in disqualification and you will not be able to race at any point.
  • Full map only will pass kit checks, do not cut it down
  • Only real compasses will pass - you cannot use your phone
  • A long sleeve top as a base layer
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Hardcopy Ordnance Survey Explorer OL12 & OL13 (Brecon Beacons) or Harvey Maps XT25/XT40
  • Waterproof coat with sealed seams, i.e. Goretex – Min 10,000mm β€” Recommended 20,000mm
  • Base Plate Compass
  • Base layer long sleeved (Separate from Start Kit in a dry bag)
  • Water bottle or bladder -min 1 litre capacity
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Thermal Survival Bag or Bivi
  • Headtorch – Min 75 Lumens
  • Emergency Rations – Min 500 Calories
  • Whistle
  • Backup Light source – Min 25 Lumens (Not your phone)
  • GPS Tracker (property of GB Race Tracker – given at Race Registration)
Finisher's Buckles
Depending on what position you finish in, you will receive a different finisher's buckle.
  • Top 50 finishers: Gold 'Beacons Way Ultra 100' buckle
  • 51-100 finishers: Silver 100 mile buckle
  • 101+ finishers: Bronze 100 mile buckle
Bag Drop
  • Entrants are allowed 2 drop bags along the course and 1 drop bag for the finish
  • On the course, the 2 drop bags must be small in size and must be available at checkpoints 5 and 9
  • Your finish line drop bag can be medium in size
  • All drop bags will be transferred to your preferred location, after the checkpoints close the bags will be taken to the finish line
  • All runners experiencing difficulty must inform Checkpoint Marshals
  • All runners must have Race HQ mobile phone numbers stored on their phone
  • Phones must only be used in emergency situations to conserve batteries
  • Participants who lose time helping a fallen participant may claim back their time, subject to the Race Directors discretion
  • There will be live tracking available for the event with updates on participants' positions every 2 minutes.
When does the Beacons Way Ultra 100 Mile start?
The race will have a staggered start from 6:00am onwards, please arrive in plenty of time to register. The registration desk will be open from 4:15am onwards.
Will there be a coach transfer back to the start available at the Beacons Way Ultra 100 Mile?
Yes, if you would like to return back to the start to collect your car or to get closer to home, you can pay for an optional coach transfer. The price of this transfer is TBC.
Will there be food at the checkpoints at the Beacons Way Ultra 100 Mile?
Yes, depending on what stop you stop at there will be a selection of food and drink on offer for each runner.
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